Welcome to the Communication Studies Department @ GWC
Support for General Education Transfer and Career Options: Communication Studies provides curriculum which serves the academic preparation and requirement needs for students planning to transfer or complete an AA degree. The Department has developed four courses to meet this specific goal, depending on student preference and institutional articulation. These options include; Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, Introduction to Communication (a hybrid course; Interpersonal, Group and Public Speaking) and Small Group Dynamics. Critical thinking is an important part of the department with Speech 220, Argumentation and Debate, which satisfies the graduation requirement in Area A section 3. The continued growth of Speech 110H-Honors Public Speaking has provided the department with an added presence in an established learning community.
Support for Non-native Speakers of English: The Communication Studies provides curriculum that serves the academic preparation and requirement needs for students whose primary language is not English. The Department has three courses to meet this specific goal, depending on the student’s linguistic fluency. These include Speech 020, 055, and 090.
Support of Vocational Education -Certificates and Career Preparation: Several of the courses developed by the Speech Department provide curricular support for students in vocational programs or those seeking coursework to increase their communication skills for career advancement.
Speech Majors: The department also offers courses of particular interest to students planning to major in speech. These courses include Argumentation, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication, and Leadership.
Full time faculty are developing new curriculum and alternative scheduling patterns to meet the needs of a changing student population and to increase availability of classes. The Program has solid fill rates and student success is at a high level.